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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

lexi mire

So. I'm currently in St. Simons Island, GA. Many of you probably know this already, but my Gran grew up on the mainland, and my family has been coming here at least once a year since. Much of my family is buried on the island, including my mom. Since my mom died, I've been coming here several times a year. Tomorrow is the 9th, which will be one year since my mom died. I came here for the week to be near her final resting place, to be in the place she loved so much (and I hold so dear), and to be with my grandparents, during a week that's very difficult for me. I'm grateful that my mom is buried in a place with so much beauty and so much love around it. It helps to be in a place like this. It's healing.

When I knew I was going down for the week, I messaged Lexi, knowing that she doesn't live too far away. We figured out a day, and she drove up here yesterday afternoon. We went to the cemetery, to a park with oak trees, to the pier, and to the neighboring island, where there's a driftwood beach. The day was cloudy and chilly, but the sunset was to die for.

When you meet someone that you've only known through the internet, it's always a little nerve-wrecking. You aren't always who you seem to be on the internet, and especially with people who seem to be such genuine, deep (for lack of a better word), and talented people. You hope that the picture you have of them as a person isn't tainted, and of course... you hope you get along well, too!

I am so glad to have met Lexi. We had so many good conversations, about everything, not just photography. She is absolutely every ounce of the talented, genuine person that you see on the internet through her photos and blog posts. At a time that's difficult for me for a variety of reasons, hanging out with Lexi, chatting, laughing, shooting (and watching her tackle a GINORMOUS burger) was the light that made me remember how good life can be, and what a beautiful thing it is to get to know other people.

And now, for the pictures!
(see Lexi's blog post from the day here!)

At the cemetery my mom is buried in:

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in the park full of oak trees by my gran's place:

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driftwood beach

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sunset and darkness coming
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headlights
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29 comments:

  1. Emily these are fabulous!! I love the ones in the beginning with the really cool trees. They remind me so much of Alice In Wonderland/A Secret Garden. Awesome photos =]

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  2. Gorgeous! I especially love the twisted drift wood. And the beach. Those trees look like their out of a fairytale.

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  3. oh myyy these are absolutely BEAUTIFUL emily! AHHHHHH!!! the ones with the trees and the one with her looking toward the sunset and the ones with her by the grave are my favorite. thank you for sharing, and i'm so glad you were able to visit your mother too. she must have loved hearing your footsteps and your voice once again <3

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  4. these are BEAUTIFUL emily!! like really. the places you went were stunning and you photographed lexi so beautifully.

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  5. emily I am sitting here in awe of these pictures. they are so beautiful and honest. you two are so great.

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  6. oh my.. these are SO awesome. I can´t even.. wow. you are such a great photographer!

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  7. Amazing photos... Love them all! Great job, you're beautiful...

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  8. Such beautiful photos! I loved the locations, especially the cemetery. Wow.

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  9. Lexi's eyes are so full of innocence! I love these!

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  10. Cemetery is absolutely beautiful. Also, oh, the oak trees!
    Enjoyed looking through these. :}}

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  11. love it when two talents meet...

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  12. These are so gorgeous, I cannot even pick a favourite.
    You two are such talented individuals, it's amazing.

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  13. ah, you too and your amazing photos.

    wow, the photos with the trees are simply divine...i never knew branches could grow like that!

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  14. These are gorgeous. I loved Jekyll Island when I was there and you've made me want to go again. Well done.

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  15. Such a beautiful post. I had to come back to re-read your blog post. Perhaps I'm just a sap, but your words brought tears to my eyes because I could resonate so well with what you said. I feel like in the time that I've "watched" you online {that doesn't sound creepy} I have seen a young woman do daring and beautiful things. I've watched you reach goals, chop all your hair off, mourn the loss of your mother, slowly build yourself back up, and now I get to see you look back on that year...

    It blows me away how much we put ourselves on the internet and in our photographs. I feel like I have known you for years and yet we've never even met.

    Thank you for your lovely imagery and words.

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  16. The lighting in these is just stunning.

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  17. this island looks so so beautiful.

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  18. lexi looks a but uncomfortable in some of these, but everything else is good

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  19. Wow. The place is amazing, the girl is amazing, the dress is amazing, and i'm in love with these pictures.

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  20. Such a beautiful set of photos.

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  21. These pictures are beautiful, especially the ones with the trees... those are simply magical :) And the ones on the beach remind me of the sunsets in my hometown.

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  22. These are really lovely images. i like your blog. please take a look at mine if you like it and choose to follow all love will be returned!!

    love season.†
    xo

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  23. What a great meeting! Such a great result too!
    This is really special, Em, you really captured Lexi with such beauty!
    The sunset is amazing too! <3

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